Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Blue Moon Rendezvous

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BLUE MOON RENDEZVOUS (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Fred DeMarse

1- 8 1s Set&Cast (2s step up), 1s set and ¾ turn LH while 2s and 3s turn LH once round and face out on own sides
9-16 1s dance LSh reels on own sides (1M up, 1L down) and end in Double Triangle positions facing own sides
17-24 1s dance Double Triangles (6 bars) and end dancing round partner (pas-de-basque) clockwise to 1M facing up and 1L down while 2s+3s continue setting
25-32 1M with 2s also 1L with 3s circle 3H round to Left(4 bars); opening into 6H round to Left. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

BLUE MOON RENDEZVOUS 32 Bar Jig For 3 Couples In A 4 Couple Set Fred DeMarse

1-4 1st couple set and cast off one place, 2nd couple step up on bars 3 and 4.
5-8 1st couple set and turn three quarters round, giving left hands and end in the center, 1st man facing up, 1st woman facing down. Meanwhile, 2nd and 3rd couples turn once round, giving left hands and end facing out on own sides.
9-16 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance left shoulder reels of three on own sides. 1st man passes left shoulder with 2nd man and 1st woman passes left shoulder with 3rd woman to begin. 1st couple finish the reel by dancing towards each other through 2nd place, pulling back right shoulder to end back to back in the center facing own sides. 2nd and 3rd couples dance long loops at end of reels.
17-22 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six bars of double triangles.
23-24 1st couple, with two pas de basques and staying back to back, dance three quarters round to the right, to end 1st man facing up and 1st woman facing down. 2nd and 3rd couples continue setting.
25-28 1st man with 2nd couple and 1st woman with 3rd couple circle once round to the left (8 slip steps). 1st couple release right hands on 6th step and open out to finish in 2nd place own side. 2nd and 3rd couples retain hands with partners.
29 -32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples circle once round to the left.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by Fred DeMarse, June 2007 - copyright 2007 by Fred DeMarse. All rights reserved)

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Dance Information

This dance, Blue Moon Rendezvous, was devised by Fred DeMarse for Linda Henderson, originally from North Berwick, Scotland and currently of Alamo, California on the occasion of her first Scottish Country Dance workshop teaching engagement in Truckee, California on June 30th, 2007, which coincided with an occurrence of a Blue Moon.

Recommended Music: "Linda Henderson of Alamo, California".

(Dance information by Andy Imbrie - copyright 2007 by Andy Imbrie. All rights reserved)

A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year: either the third of four full moons in a season, or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar.

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